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The Hero’s Journey
Dec 4, 2018 • 29 min
The town of Harrenheim is mysteriously out of water, yet its reservoir is full. The Heroes’ Guild summons four of its bravest to investigate. These particular heroes are middle schoolers, playing a tabletop roll-playing game at a Nashville community…
My Grandma’s A Spy
Nov 21, 2018 • 28 min
What happens when you want to learn more about your cultural heritage and find out that your grandma was a spy? 80-year-old Sara McCall grew up in Cuba. Now her family is learning just exactly how she came to America. Learn more about how you can tell…
Back Home On Short Mountain
Nov 7, 2018 • 26 min
This is a story about a way of life put on trial. Jeffory Young was a beloved farmer and major landowner in scenic Short Mountain, Tennessee. But when police uncovered his major marijuana dealing operation, they seized much of his coveted property. Yet…
Dispatches From A Pub In Belfast
Oct 23, 2018 • 1 min
Jakob is traveling for the next two weeks doing some work for the Goethe-Institut about two of Nashville’s Sister Cities—Belfast, Northern Ireland and Magdeburg, Germany.
The Distressed Comedian
Oct 9, 2018 • 30 min
The story of how Stephen Spinola got to Nashville is not a typical one. The stand-up comedian posted a tweet on the day of Trump’s inauguration that got him in a lot of trouble, so much that death threats started pouring in. Fearing for his life he…
Before I Could Give Her The Ring
Sep 25, 2018 • 25 min
A story of Jakob’s is turned into poetry courtesy of the podcast Versify. Fighting wildfires is dangerous work. But to a 20 year old Jakob Lewis the work was all fun and games—at first. Jakob tells his story about fighting fire in Redding California to…
Queen Of The Kitchen
Sep 11, 2018 • 17 min
An immigrant restaurateur, Elizabeth Martinez, struggles to make it in America, when the person she came to the U.S. with betrays her. After contemplating suicide and being coaxed out of it by a snuggly pitbull, Elizabeth started her own Honduran…
Chimes, A Shrine, And a Cabinet Shop: Listener Questions Elicit Surprising Revelations
Aug 28, 2018 • 37 min
Jakob breaks from his usual format to sit down with his editor Mack Linebaugh and answer your questions. You’ll find out why he started the podcast, his favorite episode, and what’s up with those windchimes. Also Jakob calls back one question asker which…
The Dog Trap, Part 2
Aug 14, 2018 • 35 min
Joel Rice got the opportunity to ghost-write the memoir of one of his childhood heroes—skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi. But Joel’s experience was an unpleasant one that brought up an old childhood trauma at a skatepark. In this episode, I call…
The Dog Trap, Part 1
Aug 7, 2018 • 35 min
What happens to someone when the thing they love most in the world — skateboarding— is also the source of their greatest wound? When Joel Rice, a naturally bookish kid was younger he wanted nothing more than to be a pro skater like his heroes, Christian…
Bonus: Miso And Dejan React
May 22, 2018 • 10 min
Jakob gets a rare chance to hear what his guests think of how they’re portrayed as Miso and Dejan, the subjects of “Miso’s Brother”, have a drink and reflect on hearing their story. Also we pull some tape off the cutting room, and a sad farewell to our…
Red State Mama
May 8, 2018 • 24 min
Marlo Mack has a young transgender daughter. She met another woman named Debi Jackson who has a very similar parenting story to her own, the only difference is where they live. Marlo lives in a liberal community where she and her transgender daughter are…
Our Father
Apr 24, 2018 • 20 min
Jakob issues himself a challenge to redo the first story he ever made, about Anglican priest Father Thomas McKenzie and his dad. The title of Father can come with some pretty weird and difficult territory—counseling people through tough times, performing…
Miso’s Brother
Apr 12, 2018 • 22 min
Miso and Dejan are Bosnian refugees who met as children when they were both resettled in the same apartment complex in Nashville, Tenn. After they each turned 30 they made a pilgrimage all the way back to Bosnia to visit the grave of Miso’s younger…
The Baker’s Son
Mar 27, 2018 • 21 min
Sam Tucker is a passionate baker who doesn’t like to compromise on ingredients, but one of them contains a tiny little protein known as gluten, and it’s proven to be a tyrannical ruler of their lives. Hear how Sam and his family fight back and still make…
The Sister’s Gift
Mar 13, 2018 • 16 min
When Katie Cooley found out her brother needed a kidney transplant, she volunteered without hesitation—despite not being super close to him. Hear just how her gesture affected their relationship. Credits and Notes: The show is edited by Emily Siner, Mack…
Matt Got Shot: Part 3 or The Fabric We’re All In
Feb 27, 2018 • 23 min
In the final chapter of the Neighbors mini-series “Matt Got Shot,” we visit Jodi Hays, the woman whose security camera captured the footage of Matt’s terrifying assault. Jodi is an abstract artist—captivated by the image of the moment Matt was shot in…
Matt Got Shot: Part 2
Feb 13, 2018 • 18 min
In Part 2 of the Neighbors mini-series “Matt Got Shot,” we explore the reality of the trauma of getting shot: first to Matt’s body, then his identity and finally to his mind. Matt says, “PTSD doesn’t show up with a name tag.” He was in the recording booth…
Matt Got Shot: Part 1
Jan 30, 2018 • 21 min
It was inauguration day 2017 when Nashville singer-songwriter Matt Lovell was ambushed while sitting in his car — and then shot in the chest. A doorman at a nearby bar miraculously saved his life, setting in motion a series of life-changing events. In…
The Manifestor
Jan 16, 2018 • 17 min
Everyone seems inspired by fitness instructor Katherine Tisha Wilson. People describe going to her class as “going to church.” Her fierceness comes at you instantly from the front of the class, but this high school dropout wasn’t always confident in…
Season 5 trailer (launches January 16th)
Jan 11, 2018 • 0 min
Hello. I’m Jakob Lewis and Neighbors….is back. January 16th. I’m on a quest to make sense of the human experience through the lives of my neighbors. There’s something magical about getting an intimate pass into someone’s world and hearing about the…
The Language Learner
Sep 19, 2017 • 15 min
As Myanmar aka Burma is going through a humanitarian crisis Neighbors brings an update to the story of a man who fled the region to come to America with his family. We meet Gin Thawng. The 66-year old man lives in a Nashville apartment with his ailing…
The Tuba Man
Sep 6, 2017 • 16 min
It’s an odd scene: A man, playing a sousaphone, stands inside a tunnel on a busy Nashville road during rush hour. Is he crazy, divinely inspired or something else entirely? In this episode of Neighbors, we go inside the world of “tuba man” Joe Hunter and…
The Digger
Aug 15, 2017 • 19 min
Whit Hill digs up items she finds with a metal detector — Civil War bullets, forgotten toys, old coins. Her treasures, and the songs she writes about them, remind her that there’s always the possibility of wonder in the ground beneath her feet. This story…
Shine Service
Aug 1, 2017 • 16 min
Robert Person Sr. — Percy, as he’s known — has been shining shoes for 70 years. He started around age 10 and now, at 80, continues to work at Percy’s Shoe Shine Service in Nashville. He’s worn out, stressed out, but this veteran shoe shiner just can’t…
Childhood’s End
Jul 18, 2017 • 13 min
Prepare to be embedded into a gaggle of neighborhood kids, playing at the peak of summer. Producer Erica Heilman from the always-delightful podcast Rumblestrip brings us the story of children holding on to the last gasps of youth. The shows editors are…
The Fighter
Jul 4, 2017 • 15 min
Wayne cherishes his independence. And having had ALS for 33 years, he has to fight for it everyday. But his disease is only one of the seemingly insurmountable challenges he’s faced. Credits: Edited by Emily Siner, Mack Linebaugh and Anita Bugg.…
The Role of a Lifetime
Jun 20, 2017 • 20 min
When Denice Hicks has to step unexpectedly into the role of King Lear, in some ways, she’s doing what she’s always done: living life like it’s her last day. What happens when you do that everyday over the course of a life? Credits: Edited by Emily Siner,…
The Party Planners
May 30, 2017 • 19 min
Eddie and Mary Helen live in Chattanooga, Tenn. — a city, like many in the country, that still feels the effects of segregation. They started examining their hometown through the lens of race and ended up throwing a party. Credits: Edited by Emily Siner,…
Dave, The Weather Nut
May 16, 2017 • 18 min
Dave Hayes is a “social media-rologist”. He has no meteorology degree, but posts dense and poetic weather updates on Facebook where he’s grown quite a following. Hear how one man uses his computer to bring Western Massachusetts together and protect them…
The Funeral Director
May 2, 2017 • 17 min
Bethany embalmed bodies for a living, but she couldn’t help but empathize with every corpse she worked on, seeing her job as one final gift—one that was taking its toll. It turns out, some professions require a certain detachment. Edited by Emily Siner,…
Every Breath Is Precious
Apr 18, 2017 • 22 min
Hannah has a rare genetic disorder that causes her to stop breathing when she goes to sleep. She wears a ventilator at night. How does having to constantly monitor a basic human function change how Hannah and her family approach life? Music by Podington…
The Oregon Trailblazer
Apr 4, 2017 • 25 min
In 2011, Rinker Buck crossed the Oregon Trail — yes, that Oregon Trail — in a covered wagon pulled by a team of mules. He traveled with his brother Nick and a Jack Russell Terrier named Olive Oyl. The journey forced Rinker to confront his greatest fear.…
Season 4 Starts April 4, New Episode Every Two Weeks
Mar 31, 2017 • 1 min
Hey Everyone, a new season of Neighbors starts Tuesday April 4th. Tell your friends, tell your family, the party starts Tuesday. www.podcasts.wpln.org
A Musical Recovery
Dec 27, 2016 • 21 min
The season 3 finale is a little different. It is a personal story of Jakob’s told by taking a musical journey all around Nashville. Together, you will experience an Irish session, an Indian jam in a Mexican restaurant, a Jewish musical Shabbat, Beer and…
The Ordinary Radicals
Dec 8, 2016 • 19 min
In 1969, Leroy and Gloria Griffith got married in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It would have been an ordinary event, except that they are believed to be the first interracial couple to legally wed in the county. We hear the story of why they opened up their…
The High Five Revisted
Nov 22, 2016 • 17 min
Two men walk over a mile once a week just to give each other a high five. It’s a seemingly meaningless act, but one that can take on a powerful meaning over time. We examine why they do this and check back in with one of them a year later. Editors: Rob…
Barbershop Duet, Part Two - Stephen
Nov 11, 2016 • 17 min
Like part one, this is a story of a barber who followed an unlikely path to the grooming profession. Stephen Mason’s journey took him from 20 years on the road, playing guitar in a Grammy-winning Christian rock band, to a one-chair, one-man barbershop…
Barbershop Duet, Part One - Ronnie
Oct 21, 2016 • 22 min
Ronnie Clardy grew up near the barbershop he owns in Nashville, but the path that led him to his current life is anything but short and straight. He started dealing drugs at 13 and relapsed into a life of crime and prison several times, before he finally…
The Grave of Rosa Mary Dean
Sep 9, 2016 • 21 min
On a rainy night in 1949, a young woman arrived by train in Franklin, Tennessee, and walked off into the night. The next morning, her body was found near an incinerator by the high school. Her throat had been cut. The murder has become a fixture of town…
Honoring Wishes
Aug 4, 2016 • 17 min
We want to do right by the people we care about. But sometimes, honoring someone’s wishes can put us at odds with social norms, our own values, or even the law. In this episode of Neighbors, three stories where the desire to honor wishes pushes us into…
The Fence Jumper
Jul 7, 2016 • 14 min
Most people might think it’s not worth the trouble to intervene in someone else’s life. But in this episode of Neighbors, we get to know a woman who sees that obstacle—and will do everything she can to jump over it. Photo provided by Beth Mathews…
The Genius Improviser
May 19, 2016 • 18 min
Michael Kearney is a genius — he holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to graduate from college, at age 10. Now he’s 32, and he’s not curing cancer or solving world hunger. He’s running an improv comedy company in Nashville. Why…
The Language Learner
Apr 22, 2016 • 14 min
We meet Gin Thawng. The 66-year old is a refugee from Burma living in a Nashville apartment with his ailing wife, a baby grandson, his daughter-in-law and son. A graduate of an innovative ESL program-on-wheels, Thawng shows us something about the power…
This is Not a Love Song
Mar 29, 2016 • 25 min
What keeps you up at night? For some, it’s the shape-shifting song of a mockingbird outside the bedroom window. It turns out, not everyone is amazed by this bird’s musical feats. What is a wonder of nature to some, to others is the sound of torture. This…
The Tuba Man
Mar 15, 2016 • 17 min
It’s an odd scene: A man, playing a sousaphone, stands inside a tunnel on a busy Nashville road during rush hour. Is he crazy, divinely inspired or something else entirely? In this episode of Neighbors, we go inside the world of “tuba man” Joe Hunter and…
The Baker’s Son
Mar 1, 2016 • 25 min
Sam Tucker is a gifted baker, but the one thing that is his greatest passion just might put his family in danger. With the premiere of Season 3, I am thrilled to announce Neighbors’ partnership with Nashville Public Radio. Some music by: Podington Bear…
Grinching
Dec 23, 2015 • 3 min
This is a small bonus story about how the Christmas tree from your curb disappeared.
The Fool
Dec 17, 2015 • 17 min
A story of how one clown turns his sorrow into connection. Some music by Podington Bear Editors: Tally Abecassis and Rob McGinley Meyers Production Help: Bailey Robbins Sponsors: Yazoo Brewing Company www.yazoobrew.com Baja Burrito Neighbors is a part of…
The High Five
Oct 16, 2015 • 13 min
Why do two grown men walk a mile and a half every week, rain or shine, to give each other a high five? Editors: Bailey Robbins, Rob McGinley Meyers, Tally Abecassis Music: Podington Bear and Dan Burns AKA Dop Shrah Sponsors: Yazoo Brewing Company and Baja…
These Things Is Miracles
Sep 10, 2015 • 19 min
Today we feature a story from the podcast Anxious Machine called “These Things Is Miracles.” What happens when a woman refuses to admit she can’t hear, and what happens when she finally does? Music in this episode: Seaside by Jelsonic Other music in Rob’s…
Sans Houses - Going To Church
Aug 13, 2015 • 13 min
“I guess they can’t go to no church or whatever and ask to lick their preacher’s armpits…so they come around the mission.” Two stories of people going to church for two very different reasons. Do you have a going to church story? Tell it to us at…
At Home In Music City
Jul 31, 2015 • 20 min
It’s an unwritten rule in Nashville. If you see a famous musician who lives in town, you let them be. Your heart might skip a beat when you see Robert Plant, Jack White, Emmylou Harris or whoever it is for you, but you let them be. “Music City” has always…
Sans Houses - Music
Jul 9, 2015 • 11 min
Our newest addition to our Sans Houses series has the theme of music. Producer Tasha A F Lemley takes us along to glimpse into the lives of three men living on the street. You’ll hear beautiful, funny, and tragic moments from our homeless neighbors in…
Highbrow Lowbrow
Jun 26, 2015 • 24 min
Find out the meaning behind the words highbrow and lowbrow through the construct of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll visit a man who is currently homeless and learn how he brews his coffee by the interstate. Enter into the home kitchen of a barista at…
Sans Houses - Purpose
May 21, 2015 • 7 min
Since 2006, Neighbors producer Tasha A F Lemley has interviewed men and women who are homeless on the streets of Nashville. We’ve grouped these interviews by theme in a series called Sans Houses. This episode’s theme is “purpose.” Listen to Cowboy and…
The Silver Cord: A Year After Bringing Wes Home
May 7, 2015 • 19 min
It’s been almost a year since I reported the story “Bringing Wes Home.” It was a story about a family losing their son, Wes Vose, in a car crash two-and-a-half years ago. Instead of leaving it to the funeral home to take care of arrangements, they took…
Sans Houses - David
Apr 23, 2015 • 5 min
This story is the first in a new series called “Sans Houses.” After more than 40 years on the street, David has a place to call home. Neighbors photographer and producer Tasha A F Lemley captures David beautifully in both picture and sound.
Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart
Apr 9, 2015 • 15 min
Todd Michael Rogers got married young, and it was bad. It was the kind of bad that Todd describes as “Lifetime movie bad.” He became unhappy and isolated. It was in that space where he started pouring his energy into creating a one-player card game called…
A Ritual of Hospitality
Feb 20, 2015 • 16 min
This is a story about a ritual. A Chinese tea ceremony. It’s used as a means to connect — with the past, with people, with another land. Joshua Drake Wu invited me into his home to experience the joy of Chinese tea. I learned a lot of surprising things…
I’m Just Trying To Help
Jan 17, 2015 • 21 min
What happens when you try to help someone out, it goes well, but then they end up right back where they started? Jakob channels his inner Sisyphus and goes to the Parthenon to interview strangers about when helping seems futile. Neighbors contributor…
The Pace Of Wonder
Dec 5, 2014 • 10 min
This episode is more of a meditation than a story. When Barclay was 25, he traveled the country in a van. Out under the open sky he bought an astronomy book, looked up, and had his sky stolen from him. He wasn’t ready for what he saw. Close your eyes and…
Runnin’ Down a Dream
Oct 22, 2014 • 25 min
Bobby Hopkins wakes up one day and decides to change his life. Within two years, he’s entering his first 100-mile ultramarathon. I go along as part of his crew to help him along the way. Will Bobby finish? Will I do a good job crewing? Also, a special…
Lost and Found - Neighbors Live
Sep 25, 2014 • 34 min
Neighbors is once again live from my backyard. 10 storytellers poured their hearts out. 5 of them are featured in this episode. In this episode: Blake Farmer, reporter at WPLN in Nashville, tells a story of being a rockstar in the Philippines. Hal…
Bringing Wes Home
Jul 20, 2014 • 14 min
After a five-week road trip across beautiful America, I’m back. I’m bringing you a story I did from before I was gone. It’s called “Bringing Wes Home”: The tale of a family who took their son’s body and prepared it themselves. If you’ve never heard of a…
Fear - Neighbors Live
Apr 6, 2014 • 14 min
On March 22, 2014, I held Neighbors Live! in my backyard. It was a very neighborly time. Neighbors favorite Thomas McKenzie told a story that will blow you away.
Taking On Water
Mar 26, 2014 • 12 min
If you live in Nashville you’ve probably heard a lot of flood stories from the May 2010 flood. This one stood out to me as a true example of neighbors being neighbors. Jeff Jones the owner of the local Dairy King shares his story about surviving the flood…